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Viewpoint: Timewise Councils

July 7, 2015 by LGiU

To help local authorities develop and implement real culture change around flexible working and hiring Timewise have developed the Timewise Council programme, Emma Stewart, Joint CEO of Timewise explains.


Councils and Housing Supply: A new LGiU report

July 6, 2015 by Andrew Walker

Councils could be the key to unlocking the house building potential in local areas. They have the potential to facilitate partnerships and create the conditions for new development to thrive. We are not there yet, however. LGiU’s research for Under Construction, released recently in partnership with Mears, shows that local government…


Viewpoint: Be the champion of your community pub

July 6, 2015 by LGiU

CAMRA’s Campaigns Officer Faye Grima explains how councillors can actively protect pubs in their local area by nominating them to be listed as ‘Assets of Community Value’.


Designs on planning

July 3, 2015 by Chris Naylor

Councillors and officers need to be design literate to be able to engage knowledgeably and confidently in place-making. A 'Councillors' Briefing' next week at Urban Design London will explore what this means, says Chris Naylor.


Radical ideas for a better planning system

June 30, 2015 by LGiU

The planning system is not fit-for-purpose. A group of academics at UCL’s Bartlett School of Planning (BSP) have developed a report outlining its shortcomings and suggesting some radical changes that are necessary. Yvonne Rydin, from the BSP explains.


Walk this way

June 29, 2015 by LGiU

The Ramblers' ambitious new programme aims to record the condition of the network of paths across England and Wales with a view to improving maintenance - and we can all help; Campaigns Officer Victoria Armitage explains how.


Will devolution get more homes built?

June 22, 2015 by LGiU

Housing and planning, and more broadly, new approaches to mediation between conflicting interests, must be an area in which cities contemplating devolution seriously push the envelope, says Majeed Neky.

Scrutiny, evidence, magnifying glass

Select Committees: new chairs, lessons and some thoughts

June 18, 2015 by Janet Sillett

Today, the Speaker, John Bercow, announced the results of the elections for the chairs of the new select committees see here. Janet Sillett adds a few thoughts about what’s good about the committees, what’s not so good, and what’s new.   Some of the elections for the chairs were hotly…


An enabling bill – but what does that really mean?

June 17, 2015 by Janet Sillett

The Cities and Local Government Bill is an enabling bill par excellence – it sets out the institutional framework within which individual arrangements will be negotiated between the Secretary of State and groups of authorities. It will be enacted partly through secondary legislation – mainly statutory instruments. The provisions are…


A legacy of liberty: 800 years of Magna Carta

June 15, 2015 by Ingrid Koehler

Eight hundred years ago (or forty score if one wants to be poetic), bad King John placed his seal on the Magna Carta. Thus an eclectic group of rights and freedoms – everything from standard measures of ale, to fishing, to widows’ inheritance, were enshrined into the English constitutional memory.…

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